Life is a blast, if you sip and savor

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 03:54 PM.

Back then, it was giggles — today sexual harassment. Oh, how things have changed.

I know stuff like this sounds ridiculously juvenile, but kids from my era were babes in the woods, light-years from modern kids. You can add silly and ignorant to the pile, but it was those very traits that allowed us to enjoy day-to-day life so much.

I’m smiling as I type. I rant about how wonderful it was to grow up when and how I did. But I’ve pondered about why those days were so special?

I surely wasn’t special by any measure. With no money and certainly no drugs, exactly why did we have so much fun? The key was ignorance in a "Paradise Lost" sort of way.

That this country bumpkin knew almost nothing about life allowed me to discover its sweet mysteries one at a time over many years. My "worldliness" developed very slowly. I got a lot of enjoyment out of each bite of life and am still chewing.

Today, kids gorge on the ways of the world through unrestricted Internet time and school bus rides. That’s sadly the way things are. I’m so lucky to have come up slow and dumb. Life is an absolute blast if you sip and savor.

So today how we celebrated a couple of holidays would’ve risen to the level of sexual harassments plus a multitude of assault and batteries. I can visualize my high school annual with our pictures having serial numbers at the bottoms along with arrest dates.

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